New Math Flash Cards, Subtraction

From the 1950s, particularly after the launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1958, American mathematicians and mathematics educators introduced a variety of reforms in mathematics teaching dubbed “The New Math.” This set of flash cards reflects the way of presenting subtraction problems that emerged.
The set consists of fifty cards, printed with subtraction problems on each side. The problems are written crosswise, with a box for the answer. The solution is printed in red in the upper left corner on the back. Another card lists basic subtraction facts (vertically), and three cards give work sheets and directions.
A mark on the paper box reads: MILTON BRADLEY (/) NEW MATH (/) FLASH CARDS (/) SUBTRACTION. Another mark reads: [copyright] 1965. A third mark reads: 4592.
Compare 2005.0055.06, 2005.0055.07, 2005.0055.08, and 2005.0055.09.
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Object Name
flash cards
date made
ca 1965
Milton Bradley Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 3.5 cm x 10 cm x 15.5 cm; 1 3/8 in x 3 15/16 in x 6 3/32 in
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Springfield
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Arithmetic Teaching
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Arithmetic Teaching
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Sherman L. and Marjorie A. Naidorf
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